Department of Catholic Schools - Detroit Catholic Schools Department of Catholic Schools

Department of Catholic Schools

Under the leadership of Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the Department of Catholic Schools provides vision, direction, and supervision to Catholic school communities in order to assist them in the achievement of their mission to proclaim Christ, promote student academic achievement, and form joyful missionary disciples.

In the spirit of servant leadership, the Department is leading the efforts to implement the new archdiocesan vision for Catholic education called Unleashing Our Catholic Schools. The initiatives contained within the vision ensure that our Catholic schools remain proudly Catholic, academically excellent, accessible to all and sustainable for the future. Our goal is to have our Catholic schools be among the finest in the country.


Department of Catholic Schools
12 State Street
Detroit, MI 48226-1823
ph. 313-237-4661
[email protected]


Laura Knaus

Interim Superintendent

Eric Haley

Associate Superintendent 

Central and South Regions

May Bluestein, Ph.D.

Assistant Superintendent

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Jill Haines, J.D., C.P.A.

Assistant Superintendent

School Finance and Government Programs

Vic Michaels, C.A.A.

Assistant Superintendent

Student Services and Athletics

Michael Evoy


Student Services and Athletics

Brandon Malinowski


Student Services and Athletic

Angie Naylor

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Special Projects Coordinator

Catholic Schools Council

The Catholic Schools Council was established by the Archbishop of Detroit to assist both him and the Superintendent with wise counsel in the apostolate of Catholic education.

Specifically, the Council provides valuable advice and consultation to the Archbishop and the Superintendent that’s consistent with Synod 16, the post synodal letter Unleash the Gospel, and the strategic vision Unleashing Our Catholic Schools. As confirmed by the Holy Spirit in Synod 16, Catholic schools and students are the responsibility of everyone: all bishops, priests, parishes, educators, parents, and the lay faithful. This conviction is a foundational guiding principle in the Council’s efforts to support the work of the Department of Catholic Schools to renew this vital ministry.


The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

The Most Reverend Robert Fisher

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

The Very Reverend Jeffrey Day

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Laura Knaus

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Kathleen McCann

Council Chair

Executive Chairman, United Road Services

Eileen Newell, J.D.

Council Vice-Chair

Vice President of Tax, Rock Ventures

Mark McInerney, J.D.

Council Secretary

Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

The Reverend Mark Brauer

Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and School

Bader Cassin, M.D.

Pathologist, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital

Mary Henige

Founder and Chief Consultant, Magnetica Communications LLC

John Moore, Ph.D.

Finance and Economics Department Chair and Professor, Walsh College

Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Wayne State University College of Education